News from around the Barbican

London History Day – May 31

The first ever London History Day is to be held on 31 May 2017, marking the anniversary of the day in 1869 when Big Ben began keeping time ·         More than 40 London museums, galleries and institutions  to show rare or unusual London-related objects or stage a special event to mark London History Day ·         The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is encouraging all London primary schools to join in on Friday 26 May by going to school dressed as their favourite historic Londoner. From Viking weapons and Roman coins found in the Thames to Sigmund Freud’s notebook; from Charles Dickens’ … [Read more...]

Barbican residents – Win a Healthy Hamper with City LivingWise

City LivingWise, the new health service free to Barbican residents, is offering people who sign up the chance to win a Healthy Hamper - worth £225!City LivingWise is a great opportunity for Barbican residents to start living healthier lives. It offers a free, 12 week weight management course, a free personal exercise programme and, for residents aged 40-74, a free NHS Health Check. The programme's Health Trainers also hold regular healthy lifestyle workshops. The programme is commissioned by the City of London Corporation and delivered by health experts Reed Momenta. Anyone who joins … [Read more...]

‘Magic Metropolis’

Karen Neale invites you to 'Magic Metropolis'. 'Magic Metropolis' brings together paintings, canvases, prints and published books from my ‘London in Landscape’ and 'A Fellow Traveller' sketchbooks, along with sketches I'll be doing around Clerkenwell in the run up to the exhibition. With inspiration from the exhibition of views of London and other fabulous cities, visitors are invited to create their own beautiful building to add to a large scale map of a made-up metropolis, in the centre of the exhibition. Each unique addition adds to the collective community to create another magical … [Read more...]

Bluebird wins city care contract

Bluebird Care Westminster awarded £1.6m City of London Corporation contract to deliver up to 16,000 hours of care annually  The City of London Corporation has appointed Bluebird Care Westminster & City of London to provide up to 16,000 hours of ‘person-centred’ care annually to service users in their own homes over the next five years – a contract worth up to £1,680,000. The City Corporation says its focus for 2017 is on developing high-quality ‘outcome-focused care and reablement’, to help residents to live independently at home after a difficult spell - such as coming out of … [Read more...]

Barbican Garden Walks

Barbican Walks led by the ‘Garden Guides’; qualified City of London Walking Guides specialising in the history and the horticulture of the City Gardens.  The walks (starting at Moorgate Underground and ending at the Barbican Underground about two hours later) will describe what was in the area before the creation of the Barbican Estate, introduce some interesting facts about what is there now and what is coming, and also discuss what is growing on the Estate. The walk will conclude with particular attention given to the new gardens above Beech Street created by Professor Nigel Dunnett.  … [Read more...]

Storytelling concert for under 5s 10Mar

Fri 10 Mar 2017 12.30pm - 1.15pm Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke's, London STORYTELLING CONCERT SUITABLE FOR UNDER-5S Vanessa King presenter An interactive concert for mini musicmakers! Vanessa King and LSO musicians retell the fairy tale story Little Red Riding Hood through music, offering younger children a chance to experience a live performance in the beautiful Jerwood Hall. Dance and sing your way through the concert as the instruments bring the tale to life. Tickets: £3 children, £5 adults (babies under 12 months free, no ticket … [Read more...]

India Pakistan London Fashion Event 4th March

BOLLYWOOD & FASHION ROYALTY TO GRACE “INDIA PAKISTAN LONDON FASHION EVENT” IN SUPPORT OF THE BRITISH ASIAN TRUST Bollywood Belle Bipasha Basu Announced as Showstopper for Acclaimed Indian Celebrity Designer Rimple & Harpreet Narula The India, Pakistan and London Fashion Show (IPL Fashion Show) makes a magnanimous entry to London’s high-fashion scene on Saturday, 4th March at the iconic Gibson Hall, as it brings to UK shores the finest concept fashion venture, amalgamating design, artistry and culture from the East and West. A symbolic concept that boasts luxury and celebrates … [Read more...]

Morning explorers at the Museum of London 4th March

ASC friendly family event Book here Explore our galleries exclusively from 08.30am (normal opening hours are 10am-6pm). Discover fascinating objects and take part in relaxed family activities such as sensory rooms, object handling and an arts and craft session. Morning explorers is free and provides an informal atmosphere in which to explore the museum, sensitive to the needs of children with autistic spectrum conditions under the age of 13. Our next event focuses on London’s early history up until the Great Fire of 1666. There will also be the opportunity on the day to purchase tickets to … [Read more...]

Weds babies activities at Museum of London

Hands-on free babies activities Join us at the museum for this weekly session for babies and carers every Wednesday morning during term time. Special one-hour sessions designed to support you and baby learning together in the unique museum environment. For babies 6 months old to walking, this is a free session but families must book in advance by clicking here. Remember to select an adult ticket as well as a child, and that there is generally only one child per adult admitted. Please call 020 7001 9846 if you have any questions. … [Read more...]

New free health service for Barbican residents

A new, free health service for Barbican residents has been launched this month. City LivingWise is for all Barbican residents aged 18+ who would like to lose weight, be more active and/or have an NHS health check. This brand new health programme is commissioned by City of London Corporation and offers a completely free 12 week weight management course; a free personal exercise programme (on GP referral); and, for residents aged 40-74, an NHS Health Check – helping to prevent diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease and stroke. City LivingWise is delivered by health intervention … [Read more...]